This is the tour of a lifetime. We will be trekking to some of the most beautiful and inspiring places on earth in Israel and Jordan. This tour will leave you thrilled, filled with awe and with a desire to do it again.
Day 1, Wed June 23: We’ll meet up early this morning and spend the entire day discovering Jerusalem by walking through the ancient city- visiting the Muslim, Jewish, Christian and Armenian Quarters. We’ll also visit Yad Vashem, the holocaust museum, and Har Herzl, the famous military cemetery. At the end of the day we’ll drive along the coastal highway to northern Israel. Overnight: Galilee.
Day 2, Thu June 24: Tzfat
This morning we head to the city of Tzfat, the ancient Kabalistic city, where we will walk through the ancient alleyways and visit the Ari, Caro and Abuhav Synagogues with their fascinating stories and mystical messages. We’ll stroll through the quaint art galleries and shop in the artist colony. Finally, we will have a session with a Kabbalistic artist who will explain the basis of Kabbalah through art. Next, we head to the Arbel Cliffs that overlook the Sea of Galilee. Here we see the natural caves that were once used as shelters by the Jewish rebels against Herod during the revolt against the Romans. We climb down to the valley of Arbel passing through the ancient fortress until we reach the Arbel spring. Overnight: Galilee.
Day 3, Fri June 25: Black Canyon (swimming required)
The Black Canyon, a phenomenal site, covered in volcanic rock from ancient eruptions is considered to be one the best rappelling courses in Israel. This 7–9 hour journey is filled with excitement including rappelling down gorgeous waterfalls and cliffs that even those with no rappelling experience will enjoy, jumping into refreshing pools of water, and hiking up and down the canyon. At the end of this incredible hike, we will enjoy a delightful swim in the Sea of Galilee. Overnight: Galilee.
Day 4, Sat June 26: Nimrod Castle / Golan Heights
We will drive north to Nimrod Castle, built during the time of the Mamlucks. Here, we will begin our hike to the spring which begins at the foot of Mount Hermon and ends in the Hula Valley. Its waters rush with great force through a canyon like channel, losing 190 meters in altitude over the course of three and a half kilometers and forming the Banyans waterfall, one of the most beautiful in Israel. At this end of this breathtaking hike we will enjoy a delicious Druze feast in one of the Druze villages on the Golan Heights, where we will learn about the Druze people. Overnight: Galilee.
Day 5, Sun June 27: Jorda
Early wake up and drive to Sheikh Hussein border with Jordan. We head to the Dead Sea region to start our first magnificent canyon hike, Wadi Ibn Hamad. This unbelievable experience includes rich, hot, warm and cold springs flowing from its bottom and walls. Travertine that was accumulated and created a "roof", provides us with shade while a rain of drops falls from it and irrigates the ferns and palm trees that grow on the slopes. The stream winds its way from the mountains to the Dead Sea. Overnight: Jordan.
Day 6 & 7, Mon-Tue, June 28-29: Wadi Hasa canyons (overnight camping)
Today we will start an amazing two day hike through the two longest streams and canyons in Jordan: Wadi Hasa, or biblically known as Nahal Zered. Over the course of the next two days we will walk through six different geological layers. This 12-mile hike offers new vistas every two miles, as though we are entering new and magical worlds. Along the way we will have many enchanting surprises: waterfalls, hot and cold natural Jacuzzi springs, a secret red canyon a white canyon, hanging gardens and so much more. This is the only hike in which we will be required to carry more than our water. Each of us will need to take some of the food, and a sleeping bag and any other items needed for the night. At the conclusion of this incredible experience we will spend the night in a hotel in Petra. Overnight: camping out and hotel in Jordan.
Day 8, Wed June 30: We arise early and begin a complete and compressive walking tour of Petra, the capital city of the mysterious Nabatean traders. We then make our way back to the Araba border with Israel and to Eilat. Overnight: Eilat.
Day 9, Thu July 1: Mizpe Ramon
We will drive north, stopping in Mizpe Ramon the village that stands on the biggest crater (machtesh) in the world we will have a wonderful overlook on that geological phenomenon. Then we will make our way to Tel Aviv, stopping along the way at Bet Guvrin, an amazing 1,250 acre National park which lies in the Judean plain, an area with rolling hills rising some 400 meters above sea level. Most of the ground here is chalky and this soft but relatively erosion-resistant stone is ideal for caves. Very early, people began to dig caves in the Beit Guvrin area, which they used as quarries and burial grounds, storerooms and workshops, hiding places and spaces for raising doves. Hundreds of caves were dug in the area, some of which form a huge, astonishingly complex underground maze.
After visiting the national park we will drive to one of the less known caves from the Bar Kochva rebellion stroll through its labyrinth paths. At the end of the day we will arrive in Tel Aviv and spend our last night together, as we began, first with a lovely dinner by the ocean and then with our final circle by the Mediterranean, summing up our thoughts and feelings of the past nine days that we spent together. Overnight: Tel Aviv.
Day 10, Fri July 2: Free time in Tel Aviv, departure any time.
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